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Old 08-16-2009, 12:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently bought a PNY Nvidia 9800 GTX+ GPU from Best Buy. When I first installed it, I was running XP SP3. I noticed that the card was climbing in temperature (was playing Cod 4) it hit 78c. I shut it down and let it cool, then restarted with no issues. At some point later when I would boot into windows I started getting some crashes. I decided to just install Windows 7 and run with that. So I load that and Windows 7 automatically gets a driver (190.38) and when it reboots I have no video (VGA via an adapter to a Hanns-G 21" LCD). If I boot to safe mode I have video no problem, but when I boot into Windows normally I get the "Starting Windows' screen and then nothing but a solid color like yellow or purple.

I'm using an XFX 680i LT mobo, PNY 9800GTX+, Ultra LPS 750 psu, 4GB Fatality 2GB Corsair RAM. I can give any other specs you'd like, just ask. I greatly appreciate any help that anyone can give, I'm hoping it's just the driver and not a failed card!

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Old 08-16-2009, 12:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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first you should not let windows 7 RC get the drivers for your video card, always get them from nvidias site.

these are what you need,

GeForce/ION Driver Release 190
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I agree, and I've done that, via safe mode. I uninstalled the driver windows got for me and installed that one, (190.38). I guess maybe I'm looking at a hardware failure? I've also tried using the disk I got with the card that had an older version of the driver, just in case maybe there was an issue with the new one, no luck there either.
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what about reinstalling windows 7?
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I'm thinking about re-installing either Windows XP or Windows 7, probably going to get started on that tomorrow.
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you should give win 7 another try
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What happens when you plug the monitor up to your integrated VGA plug? If you get a picture you may need to adjust your display properties for the second output and/or disable the first.
(Or get a second monitor for duals)
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^ unless it's a non reference board then it will not have a VGA plug just 2 DVI's and a S-Video port.
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I see. that kinda kills that, huh
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Just an update on Nvidia's elaborate torture

I installed Windows XP x64, got drivers, etc. I decided to start with the driver that was on the disk bundled with the card, and if that works try going to 190.38, so I can rollback if 190 messes things up. Well, bad news is that the card is not working. It works fine with no driver, as soon as a driver is in it fails. Again I appreciate any help at all that anyone can provide. Thanks!
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